Matthias Brian (left) and Matthias Schicke (right) of VWVolkswagen has created two new departments supporting digital applications in the inbound and outbound logistics parts of its business and announced new roles for those leading them.

Volkswagen Group Logistics said this week that Matthias Braun (pictured, left) was now heading the Digitalization and Concept Development department, associated with the Material Logistics business unit headed by Astrid Lühring.

Braun has worked with Volkswagen Group since 1997. Following various positions in logistics, he was responsible for the planning of inbound transport networks and location projects at Volkswagen Group Logistics from 2015 to 2017.

At the same time, Matthias Schicke (pictured, right) has been made responsible for Digitalization and Process Optimization on the outbound side of Volkswagen Group Logistics. He reports to Markus Lange, head of vehicle logistics at the division.

Matthias Schicke joined Volkswagen in 2002. Most recently, he was the project manager responsible for optimising business processes in the field of vehicle logistics within the group.

“Digitalisation, alternative powertrains and new business areas are opening up entirely new business possibilities for us,” said Thomas Zernechel, head of Volkswagen Group Logistics. “With projects such as the new networking platform Discovery, the use of LNG trucks in our road haulage operations and LNG vessels for overseas transportation, we are already very well positioned. The newly created departments for digitalisation at Material Logistics and Vehicle Logistics will intensify our efforts in connection with these and other innovation topics. This way, we intend to keep abreast of the rapid pace of change and to continue the development of Group Logistics in a consistent and targeted way.”

Matthias Braun will be one of the judges at the inaugural Automotive Logistics Awards – Europe 2018, being held in June this year ahead of the annual Automotive Logistics Europe conference in Bonn, Germany.